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Hen
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Hen

Peer Supporter, Female, from Indiana

Day 1 Dec 17, 2015

Hen was last seen:
Dec 3, 2017
  • My Story

    I'm 45 and pretty sure I'm in the midst of a mid life crisis. I began having hip pain in Sept which slowly began creeping into both of my upper thighs, a really intense burning pain. I have seen my GP twice and saw an Ortho Dr. who suggested x-rays and an MRI. Hip and back x-rays didn't show any abnormalities but the MRI showed bulging discs at L4 and L5 both with small annular tears. The ortho gave me results and said that the bulges weren't even pressing on the nerves so just get over it. I saw a great spine/sports specialist who looked at my MRI and said "oh man! no wonder you're in pain, this is going to take awhile to heal". I have taken gabapentin, RX ibuprofen, muscle relaxers, aspirin and underwent micro current therapy and active release therapy as the pain eventually showed up in the tops of both of my shoulders and began radiating down into both of arms and my hands and even fingers.

    I'm in a job that I do not like, feeling resentful about making a poor career choice over a year ago that landed me in this position and my current job ends in April 2016 as its grant funded. I've been dealing with old family hurts, feeling abandoned and lamenting and being pissed about having grown up in an abusive and shitty family. I have read two of Dr. John Sarno's books, "Healing Back Pain" and "The Mind Body Connection" and now am reading "The Divided Mind". I do think I have TMS but am struggling to fully accept it. I've been meditating and reading the books and journaling for 2 weeks now. I have some periods of less pain or no pain but am unable to sleep in any position except on my back, my hips and glutes continue to hurt and make even walking painful at times. I am seeing a psychotherapist every two weeks and that is helping. I have stopped getting massages and cancelled chiro appointments. Still engaging in some other behaviors related to bulging disc pain like sleeping with a pillow under my knees and on my back and using an acupuncture mat to lay on.

    Feeling a bit unsure and found the SEP page so here I am. Happy to have found this and thankful to be here.
    1. breakfree
      breakfree
      I think your in the right place here - keep going with SEP, your doing really well.
      Best Wishes xx
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      Hen
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      2. Tennis Tom
        Tennis Tom
        I liked your first doc's dx that he didn't see anything serious in the imaging. The other doc might be great because he can always find something wrong in the MRI's even when it's TMS. Dr. Sarno says no one has a perfect anatomy and that much of what is found on imaging is "gray hair of the spine"--normal anomalies that are benign and should not cause pain but are often mistaken for the source of the TMS symptom.
        Dec 19, 2015
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  • My Story

    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Indiana
    Occupation:
    Research
    Diagnoses:
    Bulging discs at L4 and L5.
    I'm 45 and pretty sure I'm in the midst of a mid life crisis. I began having hip pain in Sept which slowly began creeping into both of my upper thighs, a really intense burning pain. I have seen my GP twice and saw an Ortho Dr. who suggested x-rays and an MRI. Hip and back x-rays didn't show any abnormalities but the MRI showed bulging discs at L4 and L5 both with small annular tears. The ortho gave me results and said that the bulges weren't even pressing on the nerves so just get over it. I saw a great spine/sports specialist who looked at my MRI and said "oh man! no wonder you're in pain, this is going to take awhile to heal". I have taken gabapentin, RX ibuprofen, muscle relaxers, aspirin and underwent micro current therapy and active release therapy as the pain eventually showed up in the tops of both of my shoulders and began radiating down into both of arms and my hands and even fingers.

    I'm in a job that I do not like, feeling resentful about making a poor career choice over a year ago that landed me in this position and my current job ends in April 2016 as its grant funded. I've been dealing with old family hurts, feeling abandoned and lamenting and being pissed about having grown up in an abusive and shitty family. I have read two of Dr. John Sarno's books, "Healing Back Pain" and "The Mind Body Connection" and now am reading "The Divided Mind". I do think I have TMS but am struggling to fully accept it. I've been meditating and reading the books and journaling for 2 weeks now. I have some periods of less pain or no pain but am unable to sleep in any position except on my back, my hips and glutes continue to hurt and make even walking painful at times. I am seeing a psychotherapist every two weeks and that is helping. I have stopped getting massages and cancelled chiro appointments. Still engaging in some other behaviors related to bulging disc pain like sleeping with a pillow under my knees and on my back and using an acupuncture mat to lay on.

    Feeling a bit unsure and found the SEP page so here I am. Happy to have found this and thankful to be here.